2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: AL-only H2H points mock reveals scarcity at starting pitcher, first base

If you thought the markup for starting pitching was high in all those other mock drafts, you haven't seen anything yet.

Head-to-Head points is of course the format that most favors starting pitching, and AL-only is of course the player pool with the least of it to offer. But what makes this draft especially interesting is that it was a do-over for most of us. We originally drafted for this format the night the Mookie Betts trade went down, and so rather than try to explain ourselves after the fact, we thought we should just take another shot at it.

You like how I've explained it anyway, don't you? Well, it's relevant because that first attempt was still a learning experience. Everyone had a better sense of just how abruptly the talent drops off at the position and didn't want to be the one filling his five spots with scrubs. Given another opportunity, everyone leaned even harder into it.

So you saw some crazy things, like Jose Berrios going in the middle of Round 1. Hey, there are fewer risk factors for him than for some of the other high-end hurlers, even if the upside doesn't quite compare. In all, 12 of the first 20 picks were starting pitchers. Frankie Montas went before Rafael Devers. Corey Kluber went before Gleyber Torres. Lance Lynn went before Gary Sanchez. Madness!

Or was it perfectly rational? More and more, that seems to be the case in 2020, particularly when the player pool is divided in this way. You really want to trust in Matthew Boyd as your ace? Unless you took a starting pitcher with one of your first four picks, you'd have to.

That's not the only takeaway from this draft — or the AL player pool, more generally. First base depleted rather quickly as well, with Trey Mancini in Round 7 representing the last stable option at the position, and second base was right behind it. But man, that starting pitching ... it's the story every draft.

So who took part in this one?

1) Adam Aizer, CBS Sports (@AdamAizer
2) B_Don, Razzball (@RazzBDon
3) Connor Rooney, FantasyPros (@c_rooney_)
4) Jeremy Latzke, lucky reader who got to join in
5) R.J. White, CBS Sports, CBS Sports (@rjwhite1
6) Chris Mitchell, Fantrax (@CJMitch73
7) Scott White, CBS Sports (@CBSScottWhite)
8) Garrett Atkins, Fake Teams (@13atkins13
9) Mike Alexander, Fantasy Alarm (@Roto_Wan)
10) Stefan Lako, RotoViz Fantasy Baseball Podcast (@stayfunlako)

And here's a reminder of the scoring breakdown in our Head-to-Head points format:

Head-to-Head point values
For hitters
For pitchers

Single

1

Walk

-1

Double

2

Earned run

-1

Triple

3

Hit

-1

Walk

1

Hit batter

-1

Caught stealing

-1

Inning

3

Hit by pitch

1

Strikeout

0.5

Home run

4

Win

7

Strikeout

-0.5

Loss

-5

Run

1

Save

7

RBI

1

QS

3

Stolen base

2



Round By Round
Round 1
Pos Team Player
1 Adam Aizer M. Trout CF LAA
2 B_Don G. Cole SP NYY
3 Connor Rooney F. Lindor SS CLE
4 Jeremy Latzke J. Verlander SP HOU
5 R.J. White A. Bregman 3B HOU
6 Chris Mitchell J. Berrios SP MIN
7 Scott White A. Rendon 3B LAA
8 Garrett Atkins M. Clevinger SP CLE
9 Mike Alexander J. Martinez DH BOS
10 Stefan Lako S. Bieber SP CLE
Round 2
Pos Team Player
11 Stefan Lako B. Snell SP TB
12 Mike Alexander C. Sale SP BOS
13 Garrett Atkins A. Judge RF NYY
14 Scott White L. Giolito SP CHW
15 Chris Mitchell G. Springer CF HOU
16 R.J. White Z. Greinke SP HOU
17 Jeremy Latzke J. Ramirez 3B CLE
18 Connor Rooney C. Morton SP TB
19 B_Don T. Glasnow SP TB
20 Adam Aizer L. Severino SP NYY
Round 3
Pos Team Player
21 Adam Aizer J. Altuve 2B HOU
22 B_Don F. Montas SP OAK
23 Connor Rooney R. Devers 3B BOS
24 Jeremy Latzke X. Bogaerts SS BOS
25 R.J. White Y. Alvarez DH HOU
26 Chris Mitchell J. Abreu 1B CHW
27 Scott White C. Kluber SP TEX
28 Garrett Atkins G. Torres SS NYY
29 Mike Alexander A. Meadows RF TB
30 Stefan Lako J. Donaldson 3B MIN
Round 4
Pos Team Player
31 Stefan Lako D. LeMahieu 2B NYY
32 Mike Alexander M. Olson 1B OAK
33 Garrett Atkins C. Carrasco SP CLE
34 Scott White L. Lynn SP TEX
35 Chris Mitchell A. Mondesi SS KC
36 R.J. White G. Sanchez C NYY
37 Jeremy Latzke E. Rodriguez SP BOS
38 Connor Rooney H. Ryu SP TOR
39 B_Don V. Guerrero 3B TOR
40 Adam Aizer K. Maeda SP MIN
Round 5
Pos Team Player
41 Adam Aizer C. Correa SS HOU
42 B_Don Y. Moncada 3B CHW
43 Connor Rooney W. Merrifield 2B KC
44 Jeremy Latzke C. Santana 1B CLE
45 R.J. White J. Gallo CF TEX
46 Chris Mitchell E. Jimenez LF CHW
47 Scott White M. Semien SS OAK
48 Garrett Atkins B. Bichette SS TOR
49 Mike Alexander M. Chapman 3B OAK
50 Stefan Lako M. Brantley LF HOU
Round 6
Pos Team Player
51 Stefan Lako G. Stanton LF NYY
52 Mike Alexander M. Boyd SP DET
53 Garrett Atkins N. Cruz DH MIN
54 Scott White J. Soler DH KC
55 Chris Mitchell M. Tanaka SP NYY
56 R.J. White M. Kepler RF MIN
57 Jeremy Latzke R. Osuna RP HOU
58 Connor Rooney E. Rosario LF MIN
59 B_Don R. Laureano CF OAK
60 Adam Aizer J. Luzardo RP OAK
Round 7
Pos Team Player
61 Adam Aizer J. Paxton SP NYY
62 B_Don Y. Gurriel 1B HOU
63 Connor Rooney M. Minor SP TEX
64 Jeremy Latzke S. Ohtani DH LAA
65 R.J. White T. Mancini RF BAL
66 Chris Mitchell A. Chapman RP NYY
67 Scott White Y. Grandal C CHW
68 Garrett Atkins M. Garver C MIN
69 Mike Alexander S. Manaea SP OAK
70 Stefan Lako A. Benintendi LF BOS
Round 8
Pos Team Player
71 Stefan Lako J. Polanco SS MIN
72 Mike Alexander L. Hendriks RP OAK
73 Garrett Atkins L. McCullers SP HOU
74 Scott White M. Sano 3B MIN
75 Chris Mitchell T. Anderson SS CHW
76 R.J. White C. Biggio 2B TOR
77 Jeremy Latzke L. Robert CF CHW
78 Connor Rooney B. Hand RP CLE
79 B_Don W. Calhoun LF TEX
80 Adam Aizer E. Encarnacion 1B CHW
Round 9
Pos Team Player
81 Adam Aizer A. Heaney SP LAA
82 B_Don B. Lowe 2B TB
83 Connor Rooney O. Mercado CF CLE
84 Jeremy Latzke J. Odorizzi SP MIN
85 R.J. White D. Keuchel SP CHW
86 Chris Mitchell M. Chavis 1B BOS
87 Scott White T. Rogers RP MIN
88 Garrett Atkins M. Canha CF OAK
89 Mike Alexander B. Workman RP BOS
90 Stefan Lako T. La Stella 2B LAA
Round 10
Pos Team Player
91 Stefan Lako M. Pineda SP MIN
92 Mike Alexander S. Murphy C OAK
93 Garrett Atkins G. Urshela 3B NYY
94 Scott White K. Tucker LF HOU
95 Chris Mitchell Z. Plesac SP CLE
96 R.J. White N. Anderson RP TB
97 Jeremy Latzke G. Canning SP LAA
98 Connor Rooney A. Puk RP OAK
99 B_Don E. Andrus SS TEX
100 Adam Aizer K. Davis DH OAK
Round 11
Pos Team Player
101 Adam Aizer B. McKay SP TB
102 B_Don R. Yarbrough RP TB
103 Connor Rooney M. Gonzales SP SEA
104 Jeremy Latzke K. Giles RP TOR
105 R.J. White H. Dozier 3B KC
106 Chris Mitchell J. Teheran SP LAA
107 Scott White D. Santana CF TEX
108 Garrett Atkins L. Voit 1B NYY
109 Mike Alexander F. Reyes RF CLE
110 Stefan Lako S. Perez C KC
Round 12
Pos Team Player
111 Stefan Lako H. Robles RP LAA
112 Mike Alexander R. Odor 2B TEX
113 Garrett Atkins J. Leclerc RP TEX
114 Scott White A. Colome RP CHW
115 Chris Mitchell N. Eovaldi SP BOS
116 R.J. White J. Urquidy SP HOU
117 Jeremy Latzke S. Choo RF TEX
118 Connor Rooney C. Cron 1B DET
119 B_Don Y. Puig RF CLE
120 Adam Aizer T. Shaw 3B TOR
Round 13
Pos Team Player
121 Adam Aizer A. Verdugo CF BOS
122 B_Don Y. Chirinos SP TB
123 Connor Rooney L. Gurriel LF TOR
124 Jeremy Latzke L. Arraez 2B MIN
125 R.J. White D. Bundy SP LAA
126 Chris Mitchell K. Seager 3B SEA
127 Scott White D. German SP NYY
128 Garrett Atkins K. Gibson SP TEX
129 Mike Alexander A. Civale SP CLE
130 Stefan Lako J. Upton LF LAA
Round 14
Pos Team Player
131 Stefan Lako Y. Kikuchi SP SEA
132 Mike Alexander J. Peraza 2B BOS
133 Garrett Atkins M. Kopech SP CHW
134 Scott White Y. Diaz 3B TB
135 Chris Mitchell H. Renfroe RF TB
136 R.J. White M. Shoemaker SP TOR
137 Jeremy Latzke H. Bailey SP MIN
138 Connor Rooney N. Mazara RF CHW
139 B_Don J. Montgomery SP NYY
140 Adam Aizer M. Andujar DH NYY
Round 15
Pos Team Player
141 Adam Aizer D. Cease SP CHW
142 B_Don J. Adell RF LAA
143 Connor Rooney C. Vazquez C BOS
144 Jeremy Latzke T. Murphy C SEA
145 R.J. White B. Buxton CF MIN
146 Chris Mitchell G. Gonzalez SP CHW
147 Scott White B. Keller SP KC
148 Garrett Atkins R. Lopez SP CHW
149 Mike Alexander B. Peacock SP HOU
150 Stefan Lako W. Franco SS TB
Round 16
Pos Team Player
151 Stefan Lako M. Tauchman LF NYY
152 Mike Alexander D. Vogelbach DH SEA
153 Garrett Atkins A. Hays CF BAL
154 Scott White F. Whitley SP HOU
155 Chris Mitchell M. Smith CF SEA
156 R.J. White I. Kennedy RP KC
157 Jeremy Latzke D. Santana LF CLE
158 Connor Rooney S. Turnbull SP DET
159 B_Don N. Pearson SP TOR
160 Adam Aizer M. Haniger RF SEA
Round 17
Pos Team Player
161 Adam Aizer J. Happ SP NYY
162 B_Don K. Pillar OF BOS
163 Connor Rooney R. Nunez DH BAL
164 Jeremy Latzke J. Means SP BAL
165 R.J. White J. Lyles SP TEX
166 Chris Mitchell M. Fiers SP OAK
167 Scott White N. Solak DH TEX
168 Garrett Atkins T. Roark SP TOR
169 Mike Alexander J. Martinez RF TB
170 Stefan Lako K. Lewis RF SEA
Round 18
Pos Team Player
171 Stefan Lako J. Sheffield SP SEA
172 Mike Alexander J. Jimenez RP DET
173 Garrett Atkins A. Santander RF BAL
174 Scott White D. Fletcher 3B LAA
175 Chris Mitchell M. Perez SP BOS
176 R.J. White T. Walker SP SEA
177 Jeremy Latzke J. Schoop 2B DET
178 Connor Rooney W. Adames SS TB
179 B_Don B. Honeywell SP TB
180 Adam Aizer R. Hill SP MIN
Round 19
Pos Team Player
181 Adam Aizer D. Jansen C TOR
182 B_Don M. Givens RP BAL
183 Connor Rooney R. Grichuk RF TOR
184 Jeremy Latzke P. Sandoval SP LAA
185 R.J. White Y. Tsutsugo LF TB
186 Chris Mitchell K. Kiermaier CF TB
187 Scott White N. Madrigal 2B CHW
188 Garrett Atkins J. Junis SP KC
189 Mike Alexander A. Simmons SS LAA
190 Stefan Lako J. Choi 1B TB
Round 20
Pos Team Player
191 Stefan Lako C. Hernandez 2B CLE
192 Mike Alexander J. James RP HOU
193 Garrett Atkins E. White 1B SEA
194 Scott White C. Mize SP DET
195 Chris Mitchell W. Astudillo C MIN
196 R.J. White M. Manning SP DET
197 Jeremy Latzke B. Gardner CF NYY
198 Connor Rooney K. Allard SP TEX
199 B_Don J. Dunn SP SEA
200 Adam Aizer D. Gordon 2B SEA
Round 21
Pos Team Player
201 Adam Aizer D. DeShields CF CLE
202 B_Don R. Perez C CLE
203 Connor Rooney S. Long 2B SEA
204 Jeremy Latzke R. Dobnak SP MIN
205 R.J. White T. Hernandez CF TOR
206 Chris Mitchell M. Margot CF TB
207 Scott White D. Duffy SP KC
208 Garrett Atkins H. Alberto 2B BAL
209 Mike Alexander S. Piscotty RF OAK
210 Stefan Lako M. Montgomery RP KC
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd Pk Player
1 1 M. Trout CF LAA
2 20 L. Severino SP NYY
3 21 J. Altuve 2B HOU
4 40 K. Maeda SP MIN
5 41 C. Correa SS HOU
6 60 J. Luzardo RP OAK
7 61 J. Paxton SP NYY
8 80 E. Encarnacion 1B CHW
9 81 A. Heaney SP LAA
10 100 K. Davis DH OAK
11 101 B. McKay SP TB
12 120 T. Shaw 3B TOR
13 121 A. Verdugo CF BOS
14 140 M. Andujar DH NYY
15 141 D. Cease SP CHW
16 160 M. Haniger RF SEA
17 161 J. Happ SP NYY
18 180 R. Hill SP MIN
19 181 D. Jansen C TOR
20 200 D. Gordon 2B SEA
21 201 D. DeShields CF CLE
B_Don
Rd Pk Player
1 2 G. Cole SP NYY
2 19 T. Glasnow SP TB
3 22 F. Montas SP OAK
4 39 V. Guerrero 3B TOR
5 42 Y. Moncada 3B CHW
6 59 R. Laureano CF OAK
7 62 Y. Gurriel 1B HOU
8 79 W. Calhoun LF TEX
9 82 B. Lowe 2B TB
10 99 E. Andrus SS TEX
11 102 R. Yarbrough RP TB
12 119 Y. Puig RF CLE
13 122 Y. Chirinos SP TB
14 139 J. Montgomery SP NYY
15 142 J. Adell RF LAA
16 159 N. Pearson SP TOR
17 162 K. Pillar OF BOS
18 179 B. Honeywell SP TB
19 182 M. Givens RP BAL
20 199 J. Dunn SP SEA
21 202 R. Perez C CLE
Connor Rooney
Rd Pk Player
1 3 F. Lindor SS CLE
2 18 C. Morton SP TB
3 23 R. Devers 3B BOS
4 38 H. Ryu SP TOR
5 43 W. Merrifield 2B KC
6 58 E. Rosario LF MIN
7 63 M. Minor SP TEX
8 78 B. Hand RP CLE
9 83 O. Mercado CF CLE
10 98 A. Puk RP OAK
11 103 M. Gonzales SP SEA
12 118 C. Cron 1B DET
13 123 L. Gurriel LF TOR
14 138 N. Mazara RF CHW
15 143 C. Vazquez C BOS
16 158 S. Turnbull SP DET
17 163 R. Nunez DH BAL
18 178 W. Adames SS TB
19 183 R. Grichuk RF TOR
20 198 K. Allard SP TEX
21 203 S. Long 2B SEA
Jeremy Latzke
Rd Pk Player
1 4 J. Verlander SP HOU
2 17 J. Ramirez 3B CLE
3 24 X. Bogaerts SS BOS
4 37 E. Rodriguez SP BOS
5 44 C. Santana 1B CLE
6 57 R. Osuna RP HOU
7 64 S. Ohtani DH LAA
8 77 L. Robert CF CHW
9 84 J. Odorizzi SP MIN
10 97 G. Canning SP LAA
11 104 K. Giles RP TOR
12 117 S. Choo RF TEX
13 124 L. Arraez 2B MIN
14 137 H. Bailey SP MIN
15 144 T. Murphy C SEA
16 157 D. Santana LF CLE
17 164 J. Means SP BAL
18 177 J. Schoop 2B DET
19 184 P. Sandoval SP LAA
20 197 B. Gardner CF NYY
21 204 R. Dobnak SP MIN
R.J. White
Rd Pk Player
1 5 A. Bregman 3B HOU
2 16 Z. Greinke SP HOU
3 25 Y. Alvarez DH HOU
4 36 G. Sanchez C NYY
5 45 J. Gallo CF TEX
6 56 M. Kepler RF MIN
7 65 T. Mancini RF BAL
8 76 C. Biggio 2B TOR
9 85 D. Keuchel SP CHW
10 96 N. Anderson RP TB
11 105 H. Dozier 3B KC
12 116 J. Urquidy SP HOU
13 125 D. Bundy SP LAA
14 136 M. Shoemaker SP TOR
15 145 B. Buxton CF MIN
16 156 I. Kennedy RP KC
17 165 J. Lyles SP TEX
18 176 T. Walker SP SEA
19 185 Y. Tsutsugo LF TB
20 196 M. Manning SP DET
21 205 T. Hernandez CF TOR
Chris Mitchell
Rd Pk Player
1 6 J. Berrios SP MIN
2 15 G. Springer CF HOU
3 26 J. Abreu 1B CHW
4 35 A. Mondesi SS KC
5 46 E. Jimenez LF CHW
6 55 M. Tanaka SP NYY
7 66 A. Chapman RP NYY
8 75 T. Anderson SS CHW
9 86 M. Chavis 1B BOS
10 95 Z. Plesac SP CLE
11 106 J. Teheran SP LAA
12 115 N. Eovaldi SP BOS
13 126 K. Seager 3B SEA
14 135 H. Renfroe RF TB
15 146 G. Gonzalez SP CHW
16 155 M. Smith CF SEA
17 166 M. Fiers SP OAK
18 175 M. Perez SP BOS
19 186 K. Kiermaier CF TB
20 195 W. Astudillo C MIN
21 206 M. Margot CF TB
Scott White
Rd Pk Player
1 7 A. Rendon 3B LAA
2 14 L. Giolito SP CHW
3 27 C. Kluber SP TEX
4 34 L. Lynn SP TEX
5 47 M. Semien SS OAK
6 54 J. Soler DH KC
7 67 Y. Grandal C CHW
8 74 M. Sano 3B MIN
9 87 T. Rogers RP MIN
10 94 K. Tucker LF HOU
11 107 D. Santana CF TEX
12 114 A. Colome RP CHW
13 127 D. German SP NYY
14 134 Y. Diaz 3B TB
15 147 B. Keller SP KC
16 154 F. Whitley SP HOU
17 167 N. Solak DH TEX
18 174 D. Fletcher 3B LAA
19 187 N. Madrigal 2B CHW
20 194 C. Mize SP DET
21 207 D. Duffy SP KC
Garrett Atkins
Rd Pk Player
1 8 M. Clevinger SP CLE
2 13 A. Judge RF NYY
3 28 G. Torres SS NYY
4 33 C. Carrasco SP CLE
5 48 B. Bichette SS TOR
6 53 N. Cruz DH MIN
7 68 M. Garver C MIN
8 73 L. McCullers SP HOU
9 88 M. Canha CF OAK
10 93 G. Urshela 3B NYY
11 108 L. Voit 1B NYY
12 113 J. Leclerc RP TEX
13 128 K. Gibson SP TEX
14 133 M. Kopech SP CHW
15 148 R. Lopez SP CHW
16 153 A. Hays CF BAL
17 168 T. Roark SP TOR
18 173 A. Santander RF BAL
19 188 J. Junis SP KC
20 193 E. White 1B SEA
21 208 H. Alberto 2B BAL
Mike Alexander
Rd Pk Player
1 9 J. Martinez DH BOS
2 12 C. Sale SP BOS
3 29 A. Meadows RF TB
4 32 M. Olson 1B OAK
5 49 M. Chapman 3B OAK
6 52 M. Boyd SP DET
7 69 S. Manaea SP OAK
8 72 L. Hendriks RP OAK
9 89 B. Workman RP BOS
10 92 S. Murphy C OAK
11 109 F. Reyes RF CLE
12 112 R. Odor 2B TEX
13 129 A. Civale SP CLE
14 132 J. Peraza 2B BOS
15 149 B. Peacock SP HOU
16 152 D. Vogelbach DH SEA
17 169 J. Martinez RF TB
18 172 J. Jimenez RP DET
19 189 A. Simmons SS LAA
20 192 J. James RP HOU
21 209 S. Piscotty RF OAK
Stefan Lako
Rd Pk Player
1 10 S. Bieber SP CLE
2 11 B. Snell SP TB
3 30 J. Donaldson 3B MIN
4 31 D. LeMahieu 2B NYY
5 50 M. Brantley LF HOU
6 51 G. Stanton LF NYY
7 70 A. Benintendi LF BOS
8 71 J. Polanco SS MIN
9 90 T. La Stella 2B LAA
10 91 M. Pineda SP MIN
11 110 S. Perez C KC
12 111 H. Robles RP LAA
13 130 J. Upton LF LAA
14 131 Y. Kikuchi SP SEA
15 150 W. Franco SS TB
16 151 M. Tauchman LF NYY
17 170 K. Lewis RF SEA
18 171 J. Sheffield SP SEA
19 190 J. Choi 1B TB
20 191 C. Hernandez 2B CLE
21 210 M. Montgomery RP KC

So which sleepers should you snatch in your draft? And which undervalued first baseman can help you win a championship? Visit SportsLine now to get rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Kenta Maeda's huge breakout last season, and find out.

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